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The Liberty Bell

march (1893)

John Philip Sousa, composer

According to America’s leading Sousa scholar, Paul E. Bierley, Sousa was inspired to write this march because of a huge painting he had seen of the Liberty Bell in Chicago. This march is in typical Sousa style, full of bouncy rhythms, brilliant in its orchestration, both melodic and stirring. It is one of Sousa’s finest marches, bringing the audience’s attention to the Liberty Bell itself through the use of chimes during the trio.

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